Wake County Schools

Proposed assignment plan would reassign nearly 1,500 Wake students

Posted November 12, 2012 9:34 a.m. EST
Updated November 12, 2012 7:29 p.m. EST

— A temporary student assignment plan that goes before the Wake County Board of Education Tuesday would reassign 1,479 students for the 2013-14 school year, according to a copy of the proposal made public over the weekend.

The plan affects less than 1 percent of the Wake County student population, and most of its focus is on filling three new schools in the Rolesville and Wake Forest areas.

About three dozen schools face enrollment caps, which could force children to schools further away from home. A grandfather provision in the proposal could further reduce the number of reassignments.

Board members will discuss the plan Tuesday afternoon during a work session.

A vote is scheduled for Dec. 12, with public meetings on the proposal planned before then. Dates, however, weren't available.

The 2013-14 plan will only be used until a permanent plan is created for the 2014-15 school year.

In June, the school board voted in favor of changing the district's current three-year plan, which is less than a year old, in an effort to improve upon it.

Under a board directive, school system staff developed the proposed plan so that it combines elements of the current "controlled-choice plan," in which parents have more input into where their children go to school, and a neighborhood model that links each Wake County address with a base elementary, middle and high school.